A. H. Sellers


John Muir



Our dear Mr. Muir:

On our return from Puckawa Lake a few days ago we were delighted to find your letter of the 28th ult. awaiting us. It was only a few days before that Fay said "I wonder where Mr. Muir is. I wish we could hear from him." She thought it quite wonderful to find, on her return, her wish gratified. Fay and I were greatly surprised and shocked to learn of the death of dear Mrs. Strentzel. We had, from your talk, learned to hold her in high esteem and when we saw her for only a few hours at her home we soon found that the good and noble character your talk had led us to picture her as being, was more than fully realized. Wife and I have often talked about her and your family and feel that we can to some extent, at least, realize what a great loss her death will be to you all.
I have been laid up at home for a few days with a bilious attack and have not yet seen the Atlantic for November: will have a copy brought up tonight. We were delighted with "Stickeen"- I tell you, Muir, you have told it beautifully and grandly for you have, in telling the little story, painted a great and vivid picture of the horrors and grandeur of a great glacier, That, I think, is wonderfully done. If you could hear the comments and ADDRESS REPLY TO TRUST DEPARTMENT.



praises this little article has drawn out from our friends I am sure you could not help but be pleased.
We shall look with great interest for your article on the Yellowstone, and we are so glad that you are now beginning to write for the world will be the better for it.
We heard of you at Banff through the Sturges girls, they were delighted with having met you.
About going to California this winter - I do want to go very much but it is too early to decide if we shall have that pleasure; but rest assured that if we do come we shall look forward to the meeting with our old friend Muir as one of our greatest pleasures.
Fay and Frank both join me in their kindest regards and most sincere sympathy to you all.

Yours very truly.




Date Original

1897 Nov 13


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 09, Image 1136

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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